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Thessaloniki: How much tip did Reichenback give to waiters?

Head of EU Task Force Horst Reichenbach, German consul Wolfgang Hoelsche-Obermaier and two friends (or colleagues) enjoyed a wonderful evening in Thessaloniki’s most famous food temple area Ladadika. In fact they enjoyed a fast track,  small food orgy as they managed to stuff themselves vertical, horizontal and diagonal through the Greek cuisine: fish soup, octopus on the charcoal, sea food risotto, minced meat stuffed wine leaves, lamp chops and cumin meatballs. All these wonderful delicacies were washed down with bottles of local wines. Reichenbach & Co ended the meal with pears Armenonville and Profiterole covered with hot chocolate sauce.

Within one hour, they manage to consume so much as “a Greek earns in two weeks,” notes daily “Dimocratia”. The bill was 240 euro.

And how much did the joyful company leave as a tip to the waiters?

A whole of 50 Cents!

Greeks should take an example and finally learn how German thrift works and how austerity can make you rich at the very end.

PS the four were accompanied by 14 police officers just for their security.

source: Dimocratia/parapolitika/nonews-news

 

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8 comments

  1. A fifty cent tip is disgraceful. The tip should have been 48 € if they received excellent service, which I’m sure they did. Next question: who paid for the security guards, and did they eat too?

    • hahaha, what questions. even 20 euro would be appropriate. I don’t think the security guards ate because they were on duty but they were privileged to take a look at the food!

  2. pigs, snouts and troughs spring to mind. Nothing ever changes in the animal farm called EU, unless we make it.

  3. a pity one of the meatballs did not STICK in his throat!!

  4. I give 10% in Greece, and most of my Greek friends look at me as If I’m crazy,. They still think you round it off. What I’m curious is what the official answer is. We know in the USA it’s 15-20% depending on who you ask, but what is it in Greece?

    Certainly, 50 cents is an insult and makes me wonder if this story is true, as you’d think that the German Consult at least would have advisors to advise him on the proper thing to do.

    • when in financed my studies in Germany with waitress jobs, my collegues and I would often get 1-3 DM for 15-25 DM bills, but 50 Pfenning(half Deutsche Mark) for bills above 100 or even 140 euro.

    • In U.S., it is 15%, and 20% if the service is extraordinary. In fact, in many restaurants, if it is a party of 8 or more, the restaurant automatically adds a 15% gratuity to the bill, but you are free to leave more. You might ask why this is a solid tradition in US, but the fact is: US labor laws allow for waitstaff to be paid far below minimum wage because they (the IRS) “factored in” tips. Doesn’t sound fair to me, but we all know that our waiters and waitresses are making maybe $5.00 USD per hour, or less, and it has become socially obligatory to leave 15%-20% because we know how hard they work. Also, in almost all restaurants, all tips are put into one “jar” and then divided evenly among all waitstaff. So the waitstaff themselves all work hard so that at the end of the night they feel they deserve their fair share of the tips.

      • yes, it’s extraordinary situation in USA in this sector. Here service charge (I think 18%) is included in the bill.Nevertheless, whether in or outside the bill, I know people working in restaurants and cafeterias for 5 euro per hour, no insurance and just 8 hours per week, so they don’t claim labour rights.